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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-02-05 05:33
Subject: [links] Link salad gets ready to head for the infusion center
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Tags:amazonfail, books, cool, green, links, personal, politics, publishing, religion, reviews, science
My novel Green is a Powell's staff top pick for 2009 — (Thanks to nancymcc.)

What Happens to a Debut Author’s Brain on #Amazonfail — Some folks have called for support Amazon authors during the Amazon-Macmillan mess. Authors named have included me. I'm very grateful, but who we should really be supporting are debut authors, such as Blake Charlton, whose book is about to be released. Pre-order him at Powell's, because you sure as hell can't pre-order him at Amazon. For a debut author with modest numbers in his P&L, missing that first sales rush could literally be a career killer.

Blind ReadingWhy would booksellers buy a title without knowing anything about it? (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Live long and prosper, Xanthoria elegans — Terrestrial organisms survive in hard vacuum aboard the ISS. Wow.

"Melting" Drywall Keeps Rooms Cool — Some interesting materials science in the construction industry.

Reader voices strong opinions on atheists — Christianist bigotry at its finest, now with even less logic that evolution denial!

Today would have been Dana McCaffery's first birthday — The anti-vax movement kills. Pure and simple. Antiscience idiocy is dangerous, whether you get it from Jenna McCarthy or your pastor. Think, people, don't just believe.

Republican Senator Shelby Blocks All Obama Nominations In The Senate — There's some bipartisanship for you. The GOP isn't even pretending to be anything but the Party of No now. Thought experiment: What would the reaction have been if a minority Democratic senator had issued a blanket hold on Bush appointees?

?otD: Would you take the chemo, if you were me?

Writing time yesterday: 75 minutes
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike to come
Hours slept: 7.75
This morning's weigh-in: 228.4
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10
Currently reading: [between books]

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User: zxhrue
Date: 2010-02-05 13:41 (UTC)
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?otD: Would you take the chemo, if you were me?

what else are you going to do?

and in answer to the ?, yes.
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User: copperwise
Date: 2010-02-05 13:57 (UTC)
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2010-02-05 14:47 (UTC)
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"Thought experiment: What would the reaction have been if a minority Democratic senator had issued a blanket hold on Bush appointees?"

You mean aside from calls of treason and disloyalty to the Commender In Chief, threats to nuke the filibuster, Rove & Coulter asserting that he also likes to kill puppies and worships Stalin, and maybe a slanderous country song or two being written about him?
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User: markbourne
Date: 2010-02-05 15:21 (UTC)
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Re "Reader voices strong opinions on atheists": Teeth-grinding stuff, yes, and undoubtedly a sentiment believed by members of the rabid Right. Still, comments on that page reveal that particular item to be a well-known prank letter. A Snopes link is provided: http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/atheists.asp .

An extra dollop of thanks to you and MalkingLight for the Blake Charlton link.
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russ: lyles constant
User: goulo
Date: 2010-02-05 18:07 (UTC)
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Keyword:lyles constant
Between this and the recent link to the spoof "Golden Girls makes young men gay" article, I think Jay's ironometer needs retuning! :)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-02-05 18:37 (UTC)
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I was having a similar thought in a slightly different direction. It's the Colbert effect — when parody and the thing being parodied are indistinguishable, what does that mean?
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2010-02-05 16:32 (UTC)
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Re: Blind reading/buying: I was a buyer at an independent bookstore when Oprah started her book club. The first couple, we -- and the publishers -- were completely blindsided. Every single copy sold out almost instantly, and it took 6 weeks to get them back in print and back in stores. (The first book was a debut novel by an unknown author. There were probably only 20,000 in print total.) Blind selling was the solution.

Nevertheless, publishers had a very hard time convincing Oprah that if she wanted her viewers to actually have the book, she had to tell them the title ahead of time so they could print enough. (At the start of the club and the height of its popularity, the Oprah Book Club sold hundreds of thousands of copies in a matter of days.)

At the store, we got used to calls that went like this: "Hi, I'm your rep for [Publisher X], we have the next Oprah Book Club book, here's the dummy ISBN, how many do you want?" And yes, I would order a hundred copies of a title for a modest-sized store without knowing what it was. We started running pools, because knowing the publisher we could at least narrow it down.

Carrie V.
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